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October 31, 2022



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Icelandair Plans To Fly Domestic Carbon Free By 2030

Icelandair has announced plans to operate all its domestic flights carbon-free by the end of the decade. The airline plans to take advantage of Iceland’s plentiful and cheap renewable energy to fuel its domestic flights. Renewable energy may be used to either power batteries or generate hydrogen for use in fuel cells. Icelandair plans to shun its old fleet of nine-seater aircraft and is considering taking on Heart Aerospace’s ES-30 aircraft. The airline has also signed an agreement with Universal Hydrogen to upgrade its existing Dash 8-200 airplanes to hydrogen-power.

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Connect Airlines CEO On Pursuit Of A “Smarter Way To Fly”

Last week’s APEX/IFSA EXPO thought leadership sessions included a discussion between Connect Airlines CEO, John Thomas and APEX CEO Dr Joe Leader. Their conversation looked at Connect’s unique approach to sustainability. That involves working with Universal Hydrogen in retrofitting turboprops with Hydrogen-Electric powertrains. When it comes to reaching aviation net zero, some have questioned the wisdom of focusing on the smaller regional market straight out of the gate, However, Thomas suggests that the regional market is exactly where we should begin.

APEX Media | Related Connect Airlines On The Leading Edge Of “Smarter, Greener Travel” - Future Travel Experience



Orlando Airport Launches New Automated Visual Communication System

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has debuted an automated visual communication system at Terminal C in Orlando International Airport. Introduced in collaboration with Synect, the visual communication system plays across 872 connected screens at the new terminal. The informational communications program consists of a creative custom video from the Central Florida region. It will display dynamic and automatically updated travel information across the airport. Terminal C also includes additional displays at the security area, gates, arrivals, customs and border protection, international and domestic baggage claim, ground transport and wayfinding route.

Airport Technology | Related How Digital Displays Are Improving The Travel Experience - Airport Technology



Privacy Features Heavily In Board Of Governors Biometrics Discussion

At APEX/IFSA EXPO, the APEX/IFSA Board of Governors held a discussion about the future of the biometric passenger experience. Moderated by APEX/IFSA CEO Dr Joe Leader, it featured former TSA Chief Innovation Officer Daniel McCoy as an expert guest. The conversation focused on a number of issues including passenger privacy concerns and the need for different authorities to work together.

APEX Media | Related Face Recognition Biometric Technology On Trial At Perth Airport - Airport World



Redesigned A320 Unveiled - Hydrogen Aviation Lab Is Taking Shape

A decommissioned Airbus A320 has been given a new lease of life in the service of science. The Hydrogen Aviation Lab, Hamburg’s new field laboratory for testing maintenance and ground processes for future hydrogen-powered aircraft, was recently unveiled. With the laboratory, the project partners want to prepare for the handling and maintenance of hydrogen-powered aircraft, whose entry into service is forecast for the middle of the next decade. The laboratory will also help optimize procedures and safety levels during maintenance work or ground-handling.

Air & Cosmos International | Related MagniX Branches Out From Electric Aircraft Propulsion To Get Into Hydrogen As Well - Geek Wire



Virgin Australia Selects Intelsat For Inflight Wi-Fi

Virgin Australia has selected inflight connectivity provider Intelsat to offer high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi onboard its fleet of existing 737 NG aircraft and future-delivery 737 MAX aircraft. Intelsat’s 2Ku satellite connectivity solution will deliver industry-leading speeds to support video streaming and web browsing to the airline’s guests. The 2Ku antennas that facilitate the IFC system will be installed gradually over 18 months on more than half of the airline’s fleet starting mid-December 2022.

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New Icelandair Livery Seen On Dash 8

Icelandair’s Dash 8-Q400 aircraft was recently pictured with the airline’s new livery at the Norwich Airport. The new livery concept was announced in January and the new colors were inspired by Icelandic nature and the northern lights. The first aircraft to receive the livery was a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. By the end of February, five Boeing 737 MAXs were adorned with the new livery. The rest of the fleet continues to be dressed in the new livery according to each aircraft’s maintenance schedule.

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“We’re focusing on having our domestic operations carbon-free by the end of this decade. We believe it’s realistic that this will happen within a few years, and we’ll be the first airline, or the first country, to have carbon-free domestic aviation.”

Icelandair CEO Bogi Nils Bogason
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